June 23, 2017

Mets fall 10 1/2 games behind Nationals after 7-2 loss

19 June 2017, 01:31 | Sandy Nunez

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Ryon Healy went deep twice for his third multihomer game in two weeks, Matt Joyce also hit a long ball and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Saturday.

Anthony Rizzo has two leadoff homers the past two nights for the Cubs in his first two career starts atop the batting order.

A couple of hours before the first pitch, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson held a news conference to provide injury updates.

With 1-year-old Jaxon and his own dad in the ballpark, deGrom put on quite a performance Sunday.

Daniel Murphy added three more hits against his former team, and Michael A. Taylor hit the Nationals' league-leading 100th home run to cap a five-run fifth.

Strasburg (8-2) permitted two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start of the season.

"It was awesome", is how he summed it up. New York, which dropped into third place, 10 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals, started a stretch in which it faces Stephen Strasburg on Saturday and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on Monday.

Jacob deGrom was stellar on the mound and in the batter's box. "That's how many you've got to play through". Duda didn't slide and Wieters tagged Duda as he touched home plate, but the ball went flying out of Wieters' glove, upon which home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa changed the call from out to safe. Seth Lugo took the loss, falling to 1-1 this season after giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings of work.

A career.199 hitter in 176 at-bats coming in, deGrom also provided the biggest jolt.

Scherzer got ahead of Cespedes 1-2 before New York's left fielder fouled off five of the next seven pitches in working the count full.

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Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre. Jean-Luc Mélenchon's far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) movement, together with the communist party, won some 30 seats.

"I love it - I love competing against the best", Scherzer said.

Nationals: LHP Matt Grace was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for his fifth stint this season with Washington. He said he used injured captain David Wright's bat for this drive, having tried it once before and playfully describing the lumber as "a good bunting bat".

"The way he played today, that woke some guys up", Collins said.

Scherzer allowed one run and four hits.

Conforto, who had been hitting.174 over his past 20 games entering Sunday, ripped another RBI single in the sixth inning, with Curtis Granderson extending the lead to four with an RBI single in the seventh.

Trea Turner tied a franchise record with four stolen bases. However, he hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play in the ninth.

Fantasy Impact Gsellman's ERA rose to an abysmal 5.50 on the season (in 68 2/3 IP) and he now carries a 1.54 WHIP. He said first base coach Davey Lopes, who swiped 557 bases in the majors, had given him a key piece of advice. "You can't tuck your tail between your legs and run and hide. He's pushing me to run and that's huge for me personally". UP NEXT Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (3-2, 6.39 ERA) pitches the series finale. He was on the DL in May with a lower back strain.

"You saw in the third inning - he started getting it going", Mets manager Terry Collins said. In his return from the disabled list, he won at Atlanta last weekend.

The Nationals landed their first jab at Lugo two pitches into the game. Now, things are never that easy for the Mets, but even taking three of four games would whittle the division deficit down to a manageable 6 1/2 games.

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